The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association and the local football family extends deepest condolences to the family of former Natonal team goalkeeper and Ex-National Under 20 head coach Michael McComie following his passing on Tuesday evening.
Mike was admitted the Mount Hope Medical Complex on Tuesday, battling an aggressive brain tumor. He was 46.
The former Joe Public custodian was a member of the Trinidad and Tobago team at the 1991 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Portugal. May his Soul Rest in Peace.
Michael attended St Anthony’s College and St Augustine Senior Comprehensive where he enjoyed his SSFL playing days prior to going off to the 1991 FIFA Under 20 World Cup in Portugal. He was named T&T Pro League Coach of the Year in 2006. A former Joe Public player, he also coached Joe Public, Ma Pau, San Juan Jabloteh as well as the Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 and Under 23 teams.
TTFA President David John-Williams paid tribute to Michael, saying “Mike was a true servant of the game and his memory will live on as one of the more flamboyant goalkeepers and coaches of his particular era in Trinidad and Tobago football. His loss is not only shocking but comes as a loss for the game in our country. We pray that his family finds the strength to cope during this extremely sad time for them.
T&T Senior Team head coach Dennis Lawrence also extended his condolences and paid tribute to an ex-teammate.
“Mike was a true gentleman of football as he was always happy to put himself forward to help in anyway when asked. As a person I had so much respect for this guy. I looked up to him as he was part of the first Trinidad and Tobago team I had seen playing in a World Cup and words cannot describe his loss. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family,friends and everyone connected to mike and may God look over his family and kids,” Lawrence told TTFA Media.
Ex-teammate Stern John stated, “He had love football and love for coaching. Mike was very passionate about the game and it got him in trouble at times but that’s how he was… never short for words, he loved good banter and had a way of making you laugh even in the toughest of moments.”
The Interview below was done in 2012. It contains messages Michael may have well have wanted to leave with aspiring footballers in Trinidad and Tobago.